It’s time for the Apple Lightning port to die. You know it, I know it, and Apple knows it.
Nobody likes change, although change is almost an essential part of the DNA level of technology and innovation. However, a decade after Apple unveiled the Lightning port and associated cables with the iPhone 5, we’re ready to have a globally accepted port and socket.
The Lightning Port is now a decade old, and its introduction on September 12, 2012 was met with similar concern. As you can see, the tiny 8-pin connector was a departure from Apple’s wider (and widely used) 30-pin connector that predated the introduction of the iPhone.
An entire industry is built around this connector. If you own an iPod of any generation even iPod touch 5th generationMaybe you also had a berth, Probably from Griffin (Opens in a new tab), which are connected to the large speakers. It wasn’t uncommon to walk into someone’s house and shove their iPod or iPhone into their dock to fill a party with the sounds of brog rock for your personal playlist.
The end of another port era
News of Apple discontinuing the 30-pin connector was met with alarm. We all own several 30-pin charging cables and accessories.
When Iphone 5 Shipped in 2012, Apple has done its best to allay concerns by offering a free 30-pin Lighting Outlet Connector Adapter. I still have a little in my drawer.
Accessory manufacturers were less panicked than users. They were still selling speakers, docks, external charging cables, and adapters to millions of owners of old iPhones, iPads, and iPods.
You may be more insightful than others. Tell Logitech WiredUK (Opens in a new tab) At the time, “You can still find Logitech headphone dock products at retail that work with older Apple devices, but we’re getting ready for wireless Christmas.” In other words, Logitech predicted the rapid rise in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi-enabled audio. However, wireless charging wasn’t a thing.
Apple’s reasoning for dropping the 30-pin connector was obvious at the time. First, a plug without moving parts would be cheaper and easier to manufacture. Also, the company was making more powerful devices and needed to reduce the number of components related to charging and connectivity to make room, for example, for larger batteries and other more useful components (better and more powerful A-series chips, more sensitive and advanced touches, stronger, larger, higher-resolution screens). Maybe Apple just wanted to make room for NFC contactless payment technology.
If Apple kills the lightning port, the reasons will not revolve entirely around technical considerations.
As I write this, the European Union is putting pressure on Apple Stop using its charging system, which requires a special lighting cable. This is not because the European Union prefers USB-C . port, but because doing so would reduce e-waste. While the EU action is not binding and Apple “expressed concern”, I believe Apple will fall into a cycle or two of iPhone update cycles. Rumors now indicate that the USB-C port is not present in iPhone 14but maybe l iPhone 15.
I think Apple could surprise us and offer a USB-C port on a single iPhone 14 model, perhaps iPhone 14 Pro Max.
Whatever Apple does, our world will not collapse around us because Apple has discontinued the Lighting Outlet.
we will survive
First of all, we survived Apple’s shutdown of the 30-pin connector. I remember there was something close to panicking before, during, and right after the iPhone 5 launch, but it subsided quickly. We had our old cables if we still wanted to use them with the old ones, but our new ones ship with new ones (and adapters – those were the days). Plus iPhone 5 Sold out within days (Opens in a new tab) from absolutely. I think we all decided at the time that we could live with the change.
In short, we had as many redundant lightning cables as we previously did from 30-pin connector cables. We quickly discovered that although these cables were lighter and easier to carry, they were no less prone to wear and tear than previous cables. Have you ever seen a lightning outlet cable?turtle neck (Opens in a new tab)“You know, when does the cable sheath begin to break down and gather before the working end of the cable? Or maybe you’ve seen the collar that lies behind the crack of the eight-pin plug.
Well, these sockets are not some of the valuables that we need to cherish and protect.
It wiped out the lighting cable and port (oh, yeah, the port that’s often so full of dust and debris that you can no longer charge your phone without digging through the mud first).
What Logitech announced in 2012, the wireless future has come true not just for voice, backup and data transmission. Stream (iPhone 13And future iPhones will feature wireless charging, MagSafe-pattern. Perhaps we should ask ourselves if future iPhones need a port. apple it’s clear Already asked this question.
When Apple introduces the first USB-C iPhone, followed by the iPad, you should welcome the change. Not only will the port unlock some new fast charging capabilities, but you’ll also notice that the cables you’ve had for any number of other gadgets produced over the past five years also work with your new iPhone.
This is a win, so get over it.